Body recovered in search for missing boater on Lake Thonotosassa

By Laurie Davison, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 3:41 PM EDT

A body has been recovered in the search for a missing boater, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

A 24-year-old man jumped out of a boat on Lake Thonotosassa Wednesday night and was not seen again.

The search got underway at about 7 p.m. when someone called authorities to report a pontoon boat on the lake. They thought it was strange because the boat was anchored and had fishing gear, but no one appeared to be on board.

It turned out that two men were out boating, and the man who went missing jumped off the boat without a life jacket.

The sheriff's office responded with the dive team, boats and helicopters.

Officials have not released the names of the people involved.